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Monday's report on the Dallas Cowboys' official website likely comes as a disappointment to Spencer's camp.
The 2007 first-round draft pick out of Purdue changed agents in April, replacing Roosevelt Barnes, his original representative, with Dallas-based agent Jordan Woy, with the hope of scoring a multiyear extension from the Cowboys. If the deadline does come and go without a new deal, Spencer then would have to wait until after the Cowboys' last regular-season game of the 2012 season before signing a multiyear deal.
Spencer already has signed his tender, which is worth $8.856 million in fully guaranteed base salary. To franchise him again in 2013 would cost the Cowboys $10.627 million in base-salary and cap space, an unlikely scenario based on the team dealing with cap penalties again next season over its accounting practices during the uncapped 2010 season and Spencer's low sack total.
From 2009 to 2011, Spencer recorded 196 tackles, 17 sacks and eight forced fumbles, with one interception and 10 passes defended. Spencer would have to post double-digit sack totals to warrant an eight-digit salary commitment from the Cowboys next season.